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LOCAL AUTHORITIES FACE LEGAL ACTION OVER LIBRARY CUTS

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Local authorities and heritage secretary Virginia Bottomley face legal action over their alleged neglect of the nat...
Local authorities and heritage secretary Virginia Bottomley face legal action over their alleged neglect of the nation's libraries, reports the Times (p9).

The National Book Committee, an association of libraries, publishers and literary agents, has sought legal advice over evidence that obligations in the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 are being ignored.

Somerset CC librarian, Roger Stoakley, told the paper: 'This is the worst year for public libraries since the 1850 Act (which established a national library service). I am very concerned for the future of our nation. We are throwing away our heritage and our resources.'
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